Issue 3, June 16, 2012www.apffc.org
The Reason I Write
By Rudy Williams
I am a scribe; I write for multiplereasons--edification, escape, self-discovery, pleasure, posterity, et al--butthe main reason I write is to combatthe daily vicious lies and subtle racismof the mainstream corporate media.Our communities are so ravished bykiller cops, gangs, guns, drugs, HIVS,crime, violence, joblessness and want--the obvious culprits--most of us arecompletely oblivious to the savagecarnage that the mainstream mediawreaks on our minds. The media'srelentless propaganda is the mostlethal "WMD"(weapons of massdestruction) of them all. Its damage isso viral, pernicious and widespread; itcannot be adequately measured or contained. Thus, I consider the media'snonstop bombardment of neo-racistpropaganda to be no less than an act of all out war and genocide on our hearts,minds and souls, and our naturalrights.Brothers, thugs, gangstas andgangbangers: put up your puny Glocksand UZIs, pick up pens and becomecultural warriors before it's too late--and stop being mere glorified pawns
nd pied pipers for the Clive Davisesand Liar Cohens of the music, prisonsand coffin industries.STOP THE MADNESS--NOW!!!!!!!!!"Real art" is supposed to be"neutral, nonpolitical and propaganda-free"-- yeah right. The Ameri
anruling class has always feared,outlawed, tabooed, co-opted andcorrupted any art--Hip Hop, Jazz,Rock and Roll, Voodoo, astrology,witchcraft, bitchcraft, etc., that's athreat or potential threat to its power.Same thing in Russia and China: after
THE REASON I WRITEHEAR YE, HEAR YE, ALL YERICH AND FAMOUS RAPPERS,POETS, PAINTERS, SINGERSAND DANCERS, AND YEGREATCINEMATOGRAPHERS,NOVELISTS ANDPLAYWRIGHTS: HEAR YE,HEAR YE!Be not afraid nor ashamed to rise tothe occasion, because, more thanever, now is the time for you tocome down from Mount Olympusand your ivory tower mansions andtownhouses to put your talents,money and powerful art to work inthe service of a truly mighty, urgentand worthy cause: repairing our rapidly dying families andcommunities.
This is the reason I write ...and the reason you should.
their revolutions, the new rulers crushed and"reformed” the ancient regime's religiousand secular leaders, educators, writers,musicians, painters and poets, much longer and harder than what they did to even thegreedy bankers and fledging capitalists, their erstwhile arch-enemies. A "culturerevolution" was needed practically everyother day, after the political and economicone, to eradicate the lingering influences of the dispossessed literati.Guns and Molotov cocktails willget you only so far. Thus, to preserve itspolitical dominance, a closet tyranny suchas the United Snakes must secure andmaintain its hold on the minds of the masses by constantly co-opting and corrupting thepopular culture: music, art, literature,cinema, sports, etc.Proletarians don't read Marx or Shakespeare; they read James Patterson,listen to Lady Gaga, and watch KEEPINGUP WITH THE KARDASHIANS, andparty-hardy with Li'l Wayne and KanyeWest.All art is political. However, to besocially relevant and effective, our art (andartists) must be grounded in the realities andneeds of our communities, and trulyuplifting. As a writer, the novel is myprimary art form. I utilize it to presentknowledge, wisdom and ideas to the mindsof my readers, and this, I hope, will help usreverse the racist divisions, lies, stereotypesand intransigent
pathologies imposed on
and our subculture by the fascist corporatemedia.
The ink of the scholar is more precious the blood of the martyr."